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By The Numbers: Opening Touchdown In Overtime Gives Giants The Win


LANDOVER, Md. -- Despite a valiant comeback effort, the Washington Redskins fell to the New York Giants in overtime on Sunday, 41-35. Here's a statistical look at how it happened:


The Redskins got everything they wanted from their quarterback play in Week 16.

It began with starter Dwayne Haskins Jr. in the first half, as the rookie went 12-for-15 for 133 yards and two touchdowns. Then, when he went down with an ankle injury on the first offensive snap of the second half, Case Keenum went on to throw for 158 yards and one touchdown on 16 of 22 passing. Even rookie wideout Kelvin Harmon got in on the mix with an 11-yard completion to Chris Thompson on a trick play about halfway through the third quarter.

Averaged out, those numbers gave the Redskins a season-high passer rating of 125.1.


In the 15 carries that veteran running back Adrian Peterson garnered in Week 16, none was bigger than the one-yard touchdown he had at the start of the fourth quarter.

The run gave Peterson his 111th rushing score of his 13-year NFL career, pushing him past Hall of Famer Walter Payton for fourth on the all-time list for rushing touchdowns.

"It's a blessing, puts a lot of things in perspective for me," Peterson said after the game. "To surpass Sweetness [Walter Payton], there's no sweeter feeling than that."


Steven Sims continued his impressive run playing as the team's starting slot receiver. In all, Sims hauled in six catches for 64 yards -- which were career highs for the undrafted rookie -- on a team-high 10 targets. He also added a pair of touchdowns from Haskins and Keenum, respectively.

The performance gives Sims three consecutive games in which he's recorded at least four receptions for 40 yards.

"He's electrifying in a lot of ways. I just love his ability to be the slot receiver," said interim head coach Bill Callahan in a press conference after the loss. "He's got a lot of similarities to those smaller type slot receivers across the league like Cole Beasley ... Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman."


After going for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground during his rookie campaign, Saquon Barkley is already considered as one of the best running backs in the NFL.

But then, after starting off 2019 with a pair of 100-yard games against Dallas and Buffalo, Barkley was sidelined with a high-ankle sprain that he sustained during the Giants' Week 3 win over Tampa Bay.

That led to him missing three consecutive games, including Week 4's matchup with the Redskins, which stalled some of the initial success he gained from the early parts of the season. As a result, Barkley has struggled since his return to rediscover the magic that had helped him take the league by storm in year one.

That seemed to change a week ago against Miami, though, when the former Pro Bowler ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries.

On Sunday, he carried that momentum into this NFC East clash, combining for 279 rushing and receiving yards to go along with two scores.


Stopping teams on third down has haunted the burgundy and gold all season long. Entering Sunday's contest, they ranked last in the NFL in third-down defense at 49%.

That trend didn't change in Week 16, either, with the Redskins allowing New York to convert of 8 of their 14 third downs or around (57.1%).

Allowing such a high percentage played a big role in the Giants' offensive explosion on Sunday, as the division rival gained a season-high 552 yards en route to the win.

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